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What Think Ye of Christ?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, the preacher marshals nine types of evidence to build a case for faith in and obedience to Christ. The evidence he uses is first the testimony of a series of Jesus' enemies, followed by that of his friends and himself. Following this are prophecy, miracles, additional friendly testimony and angelic testimony. Approaching the climax the preacher recites divine testimony and even nature itself. You have "all to gain; nothing to lose" as he exhorts his audience. You are either "for him or against him..."
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Heaven

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart is one of the simpler charts in the collection, titled only "Heaven." It presents fifty-nine citations of Bible texts with short descriptions or phrases from each. In this sermon the preacher rarely moves outside of these citations. He brings two questions before the audience: "[Will we] Know each other There?" and "When [will] We Go There?" Recognition among humans in heaven is at least "different" from earthly knowledge. More specifically "no apostles ever talked about family reunions." The answer to his second question is "not until the 'Resurrection [and] Judgment.' The conclusion is evangelistic and hortatory: "Get ready before too late!"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

High Cost of Discipleship

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. On this particular sermon chart, the large cross functions to focus the audience upon the preacher's central theme of discipleship, i.e. taking up one's cross. Such discipleship is costly, as the preacher emphasizes in both left and right columns. Citing Biblical examples (a total of 51) of sacrifice, cost and devotion, the preacher climaxes the sermon by inviting hearers to embrace a life of Christian discipleship through faith, repentance, confession and baptism. It closes with an exhortation about the costs of and an invitation to the rewards of committed discipleship.
Date: [1900..1960]
Creator: Villines, Frank (1899-1979)
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Hellfire--Eternal Torment

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. Comprised of nearly 40 Bible references and short summations thereof, this particular sermon chart describes the subject by restating Biblical terminology. There appears to be little organizing motif inherent to the chart beyond this recitation of Biblical texts and little interpretation of those texts. After this array of evidence is a single exhortation with an emphatic conclusion: "Beware----Prepare!"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Salvation of Noah-Type

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart employs typology, an interpretive strategy by which a single concept (in this case salvation) is explained by way of noting similarities between two persons (in this case Noah and the hearers of the sermon). Assuming unity and consistency of the Biblical message, typological interpretation one example serves as a pattern by which or lens through which another is interpreted. For this preacher, the key Biblical text is 1 Peter 3:19-20. It appears considerable time is spent in developing the plan of salvation, particularly baptism.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Our Duty to Young Folk

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart begins with God's instruction to Abraham to teach his children. The preacher then elaborates upon the Biblical imperative to instruct and indoctrinate children in the way of God. He spends considerable time in Deuteronomy and Proverbs and cites disastrous examples from the Bible when such instruction went unheeded. He concludes the sermon by citing similar passages from the epistles. He refers to [Robert G.] Ingersoll, noted 19th century agnostic as a counter-example of the influence parents have on children. His emphatic conclusion, lettered large and in red, asks, "Who will be Leaders of Tomorrow?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

Truth Makes Free

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, upon asking the question, "What Is Truth?" the preacher employs 52 citations from the Bible to explore his answer. The sermon concludes with a sustained presentation of the 'Plan of Salvation' in response to the question 'What to do to be saved.'
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Kind of Hearers Are You?

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. In this particular sermon chart, using green-lettered descriptors or phrases set off against purple Bible citations, the preacher organizes a series of examples from across the Biblical canon. Beginning with Adam, Cain and the Flood, he proceeds to Jesus' parables with additional examples from the Hebrew Bible (Balaam and Naaman). The right column is shaded in a hortatory tone, moving through numerous examples to an emphatic conclusion. The preacher having stated the facts clearly and citing James 4:17 (To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin), asks "Do You Know Your Duty?"
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

What Must I Do To Be Saved

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. This particular sermon chart presents the fullness of what among Churches of Christ has been called the "Plan of Salvation." He cites three texts from the gospels (prior to the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2) in the first portion; in the second and larger portion he quotes a series of examples of conversion all from the book of Acts. His methodology is to discover in these cases of conversion the presence or absence of certain elements, compile them into a chart, and from the aggregate reason to the "Plan of Salvation." The performance of this plan answers the question "What must I do to be saved?" The constituent parts of the plan as outlined in the chart are: (T)eaching or (H)earing; (B)elief; (R)epentance; (C)onfession and (B)aptism followed by (R)emission of sins or (S)alvation. It is unclear how the mathematical chart functions for the preacher.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library

All Blessings in Christ

Description: A bed sheet with text and/or artwork used as a visual aid to a preacher's sermon. On this particular sermon chart, the sermon presents (in purple) the blessings of being "in Christ" with accompanying Biblical references (in black). The emphatic red-letter invitation in the bottom right corner is designed to move the hearer to action.
Date: [1900..1960]
Partner: Abilene Christian University Library